Windhoek - Police in the Namibian capital of Windhoek have reported an increase in suspected criminal activity involving pirate taxis operated by foreign nationals in the city, local newspaper New Era has reported.
According to Cillie Auala, Police Assistant Superintendent for Public and Community Relations, three foreign nationals were arrested recently over suspected robbery. One of the men was alleged to have driven a taxi that was used as a getaway vehicle.
The suspects, who were found in possession of unlicensed firearms, were also found with a fake South African Development Community (SADC) driver's license.
"We have noted with great concern that there is a high number of foreigners involved in crime, a high number of taxis being used in the commission of crime, taxis transgressing traffic laws and so many fraudulent reports surrounding taxis," Auala remarked.
In addition, Auala noted the arrest of several foreign nationals, most of them from Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who had been handed over to immigration officials with the aim of future deportation.
The development followed several claims made against taxi drivers in the past, with some going as far as accusing foreign drivers of withcraft.
According to a report by local publication Informante, a Windhoek taxi driver was recently arrested after a 24-year-old woman reportedly jumped from a moving taxi after hearing the driver and a passenger allegedly talking about snakes and tortoises sucking blood from an unknown person.
The Namibia Taxi and Transport Union (NTTU) and the Namibia Public Passenger Transport Association (NPPTA), however, distanced themselves from the allegations.